“Switching the hero and heroine’s roles”: Melanie Milburne on At No Man’s Command + Giveaway!

by Melanie Milburne, author of  At No Man’s Command

I’m currently hiding away at our beach house on the east coast of Tasmania in order to finish a book with a horrifyingly close deadline. It’s winter here so I have the place to myself, apart from my three miniature poodles! Each day I walk along the long isolated beach and watch for dolphins and whales and the amazing birdlife. Yesterday I saw a seal who was playing just metres off the shore.

I absolutely adore the solitude, which is exactly what my hero James Challender is after when he turns up. No, not here in Tasmania but in the highlands of Scotland!

But his mother’s isolated mansion is currently occupied with someone from the past- Aiesha Adams, a former street kid and wild child, and now Vegas lounge singer.

Aiesha has run away from the press after a scandal in Vegas and taken shelter in the home of the woman who took her from the streets of London years ago when she was a troubled teenager. But when the uptight James Challender arrives expecting to have the place to himself, while his mother is abroad, sparks soon fly.

She sashayed over to him, deliberately trailing one of her fingertips along the whitened tendons on the back of one of his clenched fists. ‘Loosen up, James. You’re as wound as a tight spring. If you need an outlet for all that pressure- ’ she batted her impossibly long eyelashes at him, ‘-just call me, OK?’

James forced himself to endure the electric shock of her touch without flinching. He forced himself not to look at her mouth, where the tip of her pink tongue had left a moistly glistening trail. He forced himself not to slam her against the nearest wall and slake the fireball of his lust by plunging into her hot, wet warmth and doing what he’d always wanted to do to her. Every cell in his body was vibrating with need, and what sickened him the most was she damn well knew it. ‘Get the freaking hell out of my sight.’

Her eyes glinted with devilment. ‘I love it when a man talks dirty to me.’ She gave an exaggerated little shiver that made her braless breasts jiggle beneath her sweater. ‘It makes me come in a flash.’

What I really enjoyed about writing this story was switching the hero and heroine’s roles around. I’ve written a lot of bad boys but this time I wanted my heroine to be a bit naughty. James is repressed compared to Aiesha, which made it a heap of fun isolating them in a snowbound Scottish mansion.

I have a signed copy of At No Man’s Command for a reader.

Where do you go when you need some space to think? Or if you can’t get away, where would you like to go?

Happy reading!

Melanie Milburne x

Giveaway! Answer the above question to win a signed copy of At No Man’s Command. Contest will end on July 24th at 11:59 pm ET, and a winner will be selected by random draw on July 25th. Open to residents of US and Canada, excluding Quebec. For full giveaway rules, click here.

About At No Man’s Command:

atnomanscommandThe shock engagement of the century! 

It looks like our favorite tearaway, the notorious Aiesha Adams, is trying to change her spots. Inside sources have revealed that not only is she currently holed up in the Scottish countryside with the gorgeous aristocrat James Challender, but the pair are secretly engaged!

We’ve always had a soft spot for Aiesha, and with rumors of her unhappy childhood trailing her footsteps wherever she goes, we knew her wild streak hid something more. But we thought Aiesha and James were sworn enemies…perhaps when there are fireworks outside the bedroom, the sparks are just too impossible to resist!



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Comments ( 20 )
  1. Laney4
    July 11, 2014 at 10:39 am

    When I can’t get the words to flow to write poetry, I go for a drive with my husband. Just sitting in the passenger seat, enjoying each other’s company down a long highway, seems to open up my senses. Makes me glad to be alive….

  2. jcp
    July 11, 2014 at 12:36 pm


  3. Colleen C.
    July 11, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I go to my fav reading spot… nice, quiet and comfy! If I could go anyplace and time to think… it would have been my grandparents’ when they were alive.

  4. melanie j
    July 11, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    When I really need to think – I go for a drive – take a walk.. that kind of thing.

    When I read, I can pretty much do that anywhere.. in line at the store, at home, by the pool..etc

  5. Susan T.
    July 11, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    When I need to think usually a hot bubble bath is the best place to be alone and relax.

  6. bn100
    July 11, 2014 at 8:51 pm


  7. Melanie Milburne
    July 11, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Hi Laney4,
    I didn’t know you wrote poetry! I used to write a lot back in the day. Interesting that you enjoy the long drives. Your husband must be a nice calm person to be around!

  8. Melanie Milburne
    July 11, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Hi jcp,
    Home is always a good place if it’s nice and quiet.
    Thanks for posting!

  9. Melanie Milburne
    July 11, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Hi Colleen,
    Don’t you wish you could time travel to your childhood? I miss my grandparents even now. I loved going to their house and being read to and played with. Such great memories.
    Thanks for posting.

  10. Melanie Milburne
    July 11, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Hi Melanie J,
    There’s nothing quite like a walk is there?
    Thanks for posting!

  11. Melanie Milburne
    July 11, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Hi bn100,
    I love the thought of an island. A tropical one with lots of fresh fruit and palm trees and white sand and turquoise water. Heaven!
    Thanks for posting.

  12. Jan Vanengen
    July 11, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Oh Melanie she is so bad and so unusual for you and in Scotland. I love Scotland, especially in the highlands and snowbound. Me I hide in my study surround by my favourite things. My Egyptian/Middle Eastern collection, telly, Hi Fi and my laptop surrounded by books. Enjoy yourself while working hard. I love walking on isolated beaches to think and enjoy the views. We are so lucky in Tasmania because we have it all, beaches, mountains and the best scenery. Good luck with it all.

  13. Marcy Shuler
    July 11, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    I just take a book and read in bed. It’s also my best spot for thinking.

  14. wendy reynolds
    July 11, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    I read anywhere any chance i get! miss my stop every now aand then

  15. Melanie Milburne
    July 12, 2014 at 2:22 am

    Hi Jan,
    Yes, we are lucky in Tassie. It reminds me of Scotland where I used to live when we were first married.

    Glad you enjoyed the change of heroine!

  16. Melanie Milburne
    July 12, 2014 at 2:23 am

    Hi Marcy,
    I love nothing better than to curl up in bed with a book. What a great feeling it is if everything else is done. I feel guilty if I have work to do, however!

    Thanks for posting.

  17. lidia
    July 13, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Best place to think is gardening — during spring and summer. Winter and fall go for a walk.

  18. Kate I.
    July 14, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    When I need space and time to think, I hop in my car and drive with no destination in mind and my iPod on shuffle. When I can’t get away, I picture myself sitting on a deserted beach with pounding waves the only soundtrack.

  19. Lori
    July 16, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Home of course.

  20. Elissa
    July 25, 2014 at 9:27 am

    This contest is now closed, and congratulations to our winner by random draw, wendy reynolds. Please check your inbox for an email from me.-Elissa from Harlequin

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